GARDA killer Aaron Brady has been accused of plotting to distort the course of justice by trying to persuade a witness not to testify against him during his 2020 murder trial.
Rady, 31, who was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting death of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, is accused of conspiring with another man, Dean Byrne, 29, to intimidate the star witness.
Both men were remanded in custody when they appeared before Dublin District Court today.
Brady did not seek bail, while Byrne was denied bail by Judge Bryan Smyth.
Brady of New Road, Crossmaglen, Co Armagh and Byrne of Cabra Park, Phibsborough, Dublin are accused of conspiring to persuade Daniel Cahill to move between 8 , 2020,.
Brady is also accused of videotaping the playback of a taped witness interview between Ronan Flynn and Gardaí on an unknown date between February 20 and May 7, 2020 to again pervert the course of justice.
Det Sgt Brian Quirke said Aaron Brady did not respond to either charge after being cautioned. The DPP presided over the arraignment process and Judge Smyth remanded Brady until Friday.
Detective Garda Kevin Lawless said Byrne also did not respond. He refused bail for Byrne, saying the charges stemmed from the trial of Aaron Brady for the murder of Det Gda Donohoe as part of his duty at the scene of a robbery at Lordship Credit Union in Bellurgan, Co Louth in January 2013.
The trial began on January 26, 2020 in the Central Criminal Court and ended on August 12 of the same year, he said.
Daniel Cahill, a bartender in New York at the time, witnessed the trial and testified before the Yonkers Police Department in July 2019. Gardaí traveled to speak to him and he testified via video link between June 22 and 24, 2020.
As evidence, Mr Cahill said he had heard Aaron Brady say on three separate occasions that he had shot a Garda.
On June 23, 2020, a mobile phone was found in Dean Byrne’s cell at Mountjoy Prison, Det Gda Lawless said. Five audio recordings were seized which allegedly showed an attempt to threaten, threaten, intimidate or frighten Daniel Cahill. Det Gda Lawless said he recognized Mr Byrne’s voice.
The Whatsapp messaging app had a conversation thread between Byrne and a contact that contained five audio voice messages and a text message detailing Aaron Brady’s trial.
An outgoing message from Byrne’s phone dated June 22 referred to Daniel Cahill as a “f**king rat c**t” and a “rat bastard” who had said “Brady told him he killed a cop” when “Brady never said that for him,” Det Gda Lawless said.
In an incoming message, the contact referred to seeing pictures of “the statement he made” and the evidence book, and mentioned a “guy in America.”
An incoming SMS had the money symbol, then “I would find him,” followed by a winking emoji, Det Gda Lawless said.
An outgoing message said he had received the statements and that Brady was “over f**king” in Dundalk to shoot a police officer.
Referring again to Mr Cahill, the message said he was a “stinky bastard,” Det Gda Lawless said.
In an incoming message, the contact said: “I have a person who probably knows where he is over there.”
There were a number of references to pictures of Mr Cahill’s testimony and the evidence book, Det Gda Lawless said.
There was also a thread on Facebook Messenger between Byrne and another person regarding Mr Cahill. A conversation on April 11 related to Mr Cahill’s statements and an attempt to get them to someone else, saying: “I’ll try to get them for you.”
“The young guy is trying to make a living for himself and people are saying he’s done something he hasn’t done,” said a message purportedly from Byrne.
Upon examining the threads, it was clear that Byrne was “the connection between Aaron Brady and other individuals,” Det Gda Lawless said.
It has been alleged that Byrne used a contraband cell phone “innovatively” in prison, the Garda said.
Byrne’s attorney, David Bassett, requested bail, saying his client was innocent and denied the allegations.
He had no distinctive voice and the person identified by the Gardaí “could have been anyone,” he said.
Byrne is said to have only done two of the audio clips. In one case, the person “describes an event” and offers nothing. Det Gda Lawless said he “spoke in a derogatory manner about a witness in a state case”.
The text was reportedly sent to Byrne with no further reply.
Judge Smyth refused bail and remanded Byrne until Friday.
Meanwhile, another man, Glen Holland, 29, appeared from Rory O’Connor House, Hardwicke Street, Dublin on April 7th.
Defense attorney John Quinn requested bail, saying the defendant had been in custody since 2017, the alleged offenses date back 19 months and his client was only charged now.
Detective Garda Paul O’Hara refused bail for Mr Holland, saying he had been charged with intimidation and tampering with the law as part of a wider investigation and that a substantial file needed to be prepared for the DPP.
Mr Quinn said his client’s charges did not relate to “anything like that”.
Judge Smyth granted him bail on condition that he have no contact with either Aaron Brady or Dean Byrne. His case was adjourned to May 9th.
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/garda-killer-aaron-brady-charged-with-plotting-to-pervert-the-course-of-justice-during-his-murder-trial-41520336.html Garda killer Aaron Brady is accused of plotting to pervert the course of justice during his murder trial